Ritus Krjauklis

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Ritus Krjauklis
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Ritus Krjauklis playing for Latvia
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Ilūkste, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Republic of Latvia)
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FK Spartaks Jūrmala
Number 4
Youth career
1993–2002 FK Ilūkste
2002–2005 Dinaburg Daugavpils
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Dinaburg Daugavpils ? (?)
2006 Ventspils 0 (0)
2007–2009 Dinaburg Daugavpils 77 (6)
2010–2011 Ventspils 25 (0)
2011 AZAL PFC 10 (0)
2011–2012 Liepājas Metalurgs 24 (2)
2012–2013 Golden Arrows 17 (0)
2013–2014 Ajax Cape Town 11 (0)
2014 FK Spartaks Jūrmala
National team
2009- Latvia 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 August 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 August 2012

Ritus Krjauklis (born 23 April 1986) is a football defender from Latvia, currently playing for Ajax Cape Town in the South African Premier Soccer League and Latvia national football team.

Club career[edit]

As a child and teenager Ritus Krjauklis played for his local club FK Ilūkste under coach Vladimirs Vinokurovs from 1993 till 2002. In 2002 he moved to Daugavpils and continued playing for Dinaburg Daugavpils youth team. In 2005 Krjauklis was taken to the first team by Tamaz Pertia. In 2006 Krjauklis was signed by FK Ventspils but he couldn't prove his abilities there so he had to move back to Daugavpils just one year later. He spent the next 3 seasons there, from 2007 to 2009 respectively, and managed to become a vital player at the club, playing 77 matches and scoring 6 goals during those 3 seasons.[1]

In 2009, after Dinaburg Daugavpils were excluded from the Latvian Higher League because of suspect about betting against their own results, Krjauklis was set free.[2] Then he joined FK Ventspils once again. This time he became a starting eleven player and played 25 matches in the 2010 season. After that season Krjauklis accepted an offer from Azerbaijan and signed a two-year contract with the Azerbaijan Premier League club AZAL PFC.[3] His start there was bright as he played in the starting elven but then, after just 10 matches, in August 2011 he was released. Krjauklis returned home and after a few days was signed by the Latvian Higher League club Liepājas Metalurgs.[4] Until the end of the season he participated in 10 league matches and also managed to score once.

On 15 July 2012, he moved to the South African Premier Soccer League club Golden Arrows.[5] Krjauklis was released from his contract after a single season at Golden Arrows and joined fellow Premier Soccer League club Ajax Cape Town in August 2013.[6]

International career[edit]

Ritus Krjauklis made his debut for Latvia in a friendly match against Bulgaria on 12 August 2009.[7] As of 2012, he has been capped 18 times, scoring no goals.[8]


FK Ventspils[edit]

  • Latvian champion
    • 2006
  • Baltic League winner
    • 2010

National team[edit]

  • Baltic Cup winner
    • 2012


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